Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Morning Roundup: School Daze

Posted By on Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 7:21 AM

Just last week, charter-school organization LEAD Academy seemed to be the front-runner for taking over embattled Cameron Middle School. Now the Metro school board delays the decision a week, and Joey Garrison reports the votes may not be there. ... More from Garrison: As some 100 protesters rail outside against the possible loss of their jobs, Mayor Karl Dean tells schools director Jesse Register he backs the controversial budget that spares teachers the ax. ... Police have to step in as Hillsboro High School parents get hot about a supposedly explicit sex-education class. ... Nearly 40 percent of the $250 mil allotted to Tennessee school districts through Race to the Top will likely be split between Nashville and Memphis. ...

A whopping 67 percent of viewers thus far responding to a Channel 4 poll say they favor a medical marijuana program in Tennessee. ... It's looking like the state Senate is locked and loaded for guns in bars, Woods reports. Meanwhile, state Democrats say they want the bill changed so cities can opt in or out. ... The TBI questions an Antioch man in the disappearance of a 5-year-old Florida girl missing since last year. ... If "Maria" offers to pay some of your bill outside NES, you're getting zapped by a con artist. ... Feds bust a marijuana ring that may extend all the way to Mexico, turning up 1,500 pounds of pot. In a related story, it's looking like a sad Bonnaroo. ... A Nashville man adds his name to the roster of sudden-acceleration victims over an incident last October near Bobbie's Dairy Dip. He's suing Toyota for $10M. ...

NewsChannel 5 rips into TDEC's shameful record on enforcing conservation standards and pollution fines, painting the agency as ineffectual bureaucrats only too willing to let scofflaws skate. Naturally, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey thinks they're too tough. ... Speaking of Ramsey, he starts running campaign ads this week. To counter Bill Haslam's red umbrella, maybe he'll use a brown shovel. ... Rick Scott, disgraced former Columbia/HCA exec, is throwing his hat in the governor's ring in Florida. ... David Climer roughs up UT for making the media buy tickets to a closed scrimmage. ...

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